Housing Crisis Response System Study

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On April 16, 2013, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation presented a study of the Virginia Beach Housing Crisis Response System to the City Council. The study is intended to provide the city, the foundation, nonprofit service providers and faith organizations with a guide to creating an improved system that meets federal requirements and implementing best practices in order to do a better job of preventing and ending homelessness.

The foundation commissioned and funded the study in November 2012. It was conducted by OrgCode, a consulting firm selected through a competitive process. During the past few months, OrgCode collected input and data from city staff, local nonprofit agencies and the faith community, in addition to including best practice information and other research.

Recommendations in the report are correlated with requirements of the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and/or best practices from research or experience in communities that have had successful outcomes in decreasing homelessness.